Monday, August 19, 2013

Lumberjacks To Play Regular Season Opener In Liverpool

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks will open up their regular season at Queens Place Emera Centre. Owner Ken Petrie says the club was informed last week they wouldn't be able to play out of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre to kick off the season. The facility is still under construction and is expected to open in stages beginning in the fall. Instead, the Lumberjacks will take on the Yarmouth Mariners in Liverpool on September 13th. Petrie says they are happy to open up at Queens Place and look forward to a big celebration and tail gate party when they play in Bridgewater the following week. The Lumberjacks are now expected to make their first appearance at the LCLC on September 20th.

UPDATED: Officials Take Closer Look At Bayswater Beach

Bayswater Beach could re-open for swimmers within the next few days. In the meantime, officials will take a closer look at what's causing high levels of bacteria in the water. The Department of Environment is examining the area to try and see if something specific is causing elevated bacteria counts in the water. The Lunenburg County beach was closed to swimmers August 14th. It's the second time this summer the beach has been closed because of high bacteria levels. Meanwhile, Sand Dollar Beach and Sawpit Wharf in Lunenburg Back Harbour will also remain closed to swimmers. Those waters could re-open by Wednesday.

Liverpool: Prostate Cancer Support Group Formed

A newly formed support group in Queens County is reaching out to help those recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. The support group held it's inaugural meeting earlier this month in Liverpool. Gary Conrad helped form the new group and is a prostate cancer survivor. He says it's important to have somewhere to turn if you've been diagnosed with the disease.

Conrad says the group provides people with a place to seek comfort during a difficult time. They meet every second Wednesday each month at the Atlantic Superstore in Liverpool.

Bridgewater: More Retail Space Coming To King Street

Bridgewater is moving ahead with additional retail space along the LaHave River. Only a handful of people showed up to a public hearing last week regarding a proposed development agreement by Bond Street Capital for a 4,400 square foot complex. The property is located at 814 King Street. Mayor David Walker says he's pleased with the decision.

Bond Street Capital is developing the property, replacing the current car wash on site.

Record-Setting Summer Games For Nova Scotia

Some South Shore athletes return home Monday following a historic Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Nova Scotia won 56 medals at the games, topping their previous best mark of 52 set at the PEI games in 2009. The province finished fifth in the overall medal standings with 16 gold, 18 silver and 22 bronze. Five of the province's 16 gold medals were won by local track stars including double gold by Liverpool's Chelsea Whalen in the women's javelin and shot put. Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh won the women's heptathlon, Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan won the men's decathlon and Mattias Wolter of Conquerall Mills in the men's 3000 metre steeplechase. Hebbville's Claire McNally also won double bronze in para-swimming events. The next Canada Summer Games will be held in Manitoba in 2017.

Premier Says Public & Business Should Have Had Say In Ferry Future In 2009

Mistakes were made and if he had it to do over again, he'd handle it differently. That comment from Premier Darrell Dexter on the cancellation of the Yarmouth to Maine ferry service back in 2009.  In a CKBW and HANK-FM News interview, the premier says there should have been greater community involvement in the decision-making process.  He says the public and business should have been made aware of the situation and advice sought before cancelling the subsidy which led to the demise of the ferry service.

However, that was then and this is now and the premier says the International Ferry Partnership has taken great strides in making certain the public has been involved in the past year's efforts to restore service.

Negotiations are currently underway between the province and S-T-M Quest and if successful may see a resumption in ferry service by next spring, in time for the tourist season of 2014.